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Silverwood laments after letting Tigers make turnaround

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 24th May, 2022 01:24:50 AM
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Sri Lanka’s head coach Chris Silverwood said on Monday that they’re paying the price for not pushing Bangladesh further after being on top in the opening session of day one day of the second Test in Mirpur.

Sri Lankan pace duo Kasun Rajitha claimed three wickets while Ashita Fernando took two early in the Bangladesh innings to reduce the hosts to 24-5 before Mushfiqur Rahim and Liton Das formed an unbeaten 253-run stand to take their score to 277-5 at the stumps of the opening day.

“Obviously it is disappointing to not push on from the start we got. I thought we exploited the early movement fantastically well. The two seam bowlers were exceptional again, in their discipline, the way they asked the batter the questions,” said Silverwood.

“Unfortunately we didn’t back it up after that. From there on, we gave away a lot of scoring opportunities. When we did force an error, we didn’t take that catch. It would have made a huge difference. It proved very costly to us.

“I think it is a good wicket to bat on. There was some movement in the first hour. There’s a little bit of spin. I don’t think we bowled particularly well after that start. We have to be honest with that,’’ he said, adding that they will sit in the dressing room with the spinners to chalk their plan for the second day.

‘’We (spinners) could have bowled a lot better but it is something we will talk about in the dressing room. I think we need to bowl much better line and lengths. We gave too many balls away to hit. That’s something we have to work hard on to rectify. There’s no point hiding from it,” he added.

Silverwood, however, heaped his praises on Mushfiqur and Liton for their brilliant batting display.

“They have played very well. They kept away the good balls. We gave them plenty of bad balls to hit. They have put together a great partnership. You have to give them a lot of respect as they had to put a score on the board when they came in. We could have put a lot of pressure on them otherwise.  They put Bangladesh in a good position,” he concluded.